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London – July 22nd, 1988
I decided to leave the matter and take no action at all about the recent fraud attempt on my bank account. From the description given of the person who attempted to withdraw money from my account, I know exactly who it was. He no longer lives at my previous address, nor indeed in London. All I know is that he moved back to the North-east of England, but I have no idea where. However, if he crosses my path ever again, then I will make it known that I know exactly what he tried to do to me. The bank has now closed the matter. Thank goodness the Bureau de Change kept hold of the bank card. The chequebook has been cancelled, and they are sending me a new one.
I haven’t seen Nigel for a while, so when an invitation to spend the weekend with him came, I snapped it up. His two flatmates (who are a couple) are holding a party this weekend to celebrate their anniversary. From what Nigel told me, there’s going to be a lot of people there. No doubt, Nigel and I will be hoping some new faces are amongst the crowd, for all the wrong reasons of course.
I’ve also planned to meet up with Jamie on Sunday evening. I know I shouldn’t get involved, but he was really down when I spoke to him today and is still having a tough time getting over his split from his last boyfriend. Let’s hope I can cheer him up a little.
Welcome to this new feature for 2018 on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I’ll be sharing snippets from my diary of 1988. We’ll also take a trip in Hugh’s Music Time machine to hear some songs from the 1980s which have been chosen by some specially invited guests.
This week my guest is the author, blogger, and writer, Erika Kind. I’m pleased to say that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Erika when she attended the Bloggers Bash in 2016. Click here to see the video of the event. At the time, Erika was one of our first international guests to attend the event. She was born in Vienna, Austria, and now lives with her husband and their three children in the Principality of Liechtenstein in the heart of Europe.
Erika has a practice for aromatherapy and self-development and also works as a singer. One of her books, I’m Free: Awareness Of Who You Are By Discovering Who You Are Not is a self-awareness book that has received 5-star reviews. Here’s some blurb about the book –
“I’m Free” is the result of my own breakthrough. For decades I tried to fit in and to fulfill other people’s expectations. I appeared strong and full of self-esteem while behind the surface a shy and fearful being struggling with self-doubts was hiding. I did not dare to be myself because that never sufficed.
But the time had come when my narrow shell began to crush me and in order to survive there was no other way than to break it. It was the moment when the shell broke I saw my light shining through and felt my power flowing through my body and soul. I realized that fear is only an illusion. I saw it clearly that it was me who created and built up my fears. Others were only able to control me or to intimidate me because I let them. I am entitled to think, say, and do what I want and no one can do anything about it. That feeling was so empowering and so liberating. All of a sudden the world changed from a fearful and threatening place to an abundant ocean of possibilities. I was in total awareness that nothing is impossible.
I wanted that everybody can feel what I felt in that very moment… and I started writing “I’m Free”. The book is parted in 4 sections. The first part talks about who we really are, why we have actually come here. Part two talks about why we drift away from who we are and into the fears and blockages. The third part leads back to the bright being in unveiling misunderstandings about ourselves and life. And part four strengthens the renewed connection to our true self.
“I’m Free” is the journey to yourSelf.
The book is available as an ebook, hardcover, and paperback.
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Erika’s song choice is Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper.
Released in 1983, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun was originally written and recorded in 1979 by Robert Hazard. However, Lauper’s version is by far the better-known version and was her first solo single release. The single was Lauper’s breakthrough hit, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A. Thank you for the brilliant song choice, Erika.
It looks like ‘Fun’ was on my mind back in late July 1988. Do you have a favourite song that’s connected with ‘Fun.’ Share a link to it in the comments.
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